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Friday, October 13, 2006

Home Sweet Home

After a modestly successful road trip to start the season, the Canucks are finally home and play their first game at GM Place tonight against the San Jose Sharks. Let's hope the Sharks aren't too pissed off after blowing last night's game to Ryan Smyth, er the Edmonton Oilers.

Ryan Kesler will play tonight, but Sami Salo won't and is questionable for Monday's game as well. Kevin Bieksa, who is still looking for his first NHL goal, will play on a pairing with Mattias Ohlund and on the powerplay.

Luc Bourdon will also see extra ice-time thanks to the Canucks playing at home and getting the benefit of last change. Willie Mitchell has some advice for him:

Mitchell, 29, has cautioned Bourdon against trying to do too much early in his pro career, stressing patience during the development phase.

"Less is more in this game, especially as defencemen," Mitchell said yesterday. "[Bourdon] has to slowly let his skills shine through.

"Luc was kind of pushing early on. I know what he's feeling at his age.".
Listen to the vet, Luc.

Puck drop at 7 PM. If you're going to the game, the 50/50 jackpot could be up to $100,000.

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 6:47 AM

3 Comments:

At October 13, 2006 7:26 PM, Blogger McLea said...

Man Burrows is off to a bad start. On that first goal he:

a) Got a turnover on his on blueline and proceeded to fire it into Kesler's skates.

b) Went to the boards to clean up the mess he created and not only missed his man, but missed everyone, setting up a an odd man rush for San Jose and leading to the goal.

Figure it out!!

 
At October 13, 2006 7:59 PM, Blogger McLea said...

First period thoughts:

- Burrows and Mitchell are having a competition for worst player on the ice. Mitchell is winning.

- With the exception of the Sedin Line, the Canucks are incapable of moving the puck in the neutral zone. Not a good sign.

- Following from the last point, Vigneault doesn't seem to trust anyone to carry the puck over the Sharks' blueline (for good reason) so we are seeing a lot of Calgary style dump and chase.

- We forecheck well, especially the Sedin Line.

- That second goal, where our forwards got caught and there was an odd man rush created going the other way, probably means the Canucks will stop sending guys to the net on even strength. Wait for it.

- Kesler can't make a play to save his life. He looks uncomfortable out there and....terrible.

 
At October 14, 2006 1:00 AM, Anonymous zanstorm said...

Tough loss tonight. But them Sharks are too good.
Bourdon had 4:41 icetime only! He looked awkward out there.
Kevin Bieksa is good..oh yes.

 

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